A lot of importance has been placed on the perfect cover. After all, it's the first thing we see when we browse books. But is the cover the thing that makes us pick up our next read? Or is it something else? When a new novel comes out, there's often a lot of publicity around it, describing the plot and the biography of the author. Authors like Dan Brown, JK Rowling, … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – How do you choose your next read?
I know, I know. It’s like choosing which of your children you love more. Right? Or which of your small circle of amazing friends is your very best friend. But this is a question I am asked often. My friends know I read a lot so they ask for recommendations. It’s all well and good when they ask ‘Read anything good lately?’. There’s always something fresh in my mind and I’m never … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – What is the best book ever written?
‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn’ ― Orson Welles Most books have a beginning – middle – end dynamic and offer a main protagonist to follow. Of course not every book follows the same pattern. Some are written in third person, some in first. Some are linear whilst others jump back and forth through time. Some are written in the standard … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Style Over Substance
‘Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion’ Dolly Parton delivered that line after a rather emotional scene in Steel Magnolias, when the group of friends were stunned out of their misery by one moment of hilarity. Viewers by that point had had a good cry (well if they hadn’t I’d be surprised!) and it was time to lighten the mood. … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Happy to be miserable
I always remember a History class I had at school because the teacher's response to my comment was so shocking, it rooted itself in my memory forevermore. We had been discussing Queen Elizabeth I and why it was so difficult for her to get any laws passed. I suggested it was because she was a woman and therefore nobody paid her any attention – which, given the era we were … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – The Great Divide